Power to the people: how should universities position community in curriculum design?

Abstract Since the publication of the theory of communities of practice, much has been written about the potential for participation in a community to enhance learning. Many students now entering university are regular participants in numerous online and blended communities due to social networking, a phenomenon based around participation and information exchange. But upon arrival …

A tale of two workshops

Whether dealing with latecomers, the prevalence of mobile devices, or the incidence of learning and language difference, approaches to facilitation can have dramatic effect on the experience and outcomes of education. Two contrasting examples are placed side-by-side in this narrative description of a hypothetical digital workshop. The first person narration takes its reader on a …

Using digital learning technologies to re-shape the first year undergraduate experience

This article is an abridged version of one of two case studies that were part of an application for Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). This case study focused on relatively small changes I made to the Year 1 programme while in the role of Year 1 Coordinator for a BA(Hons) Fine Art …

Inclusivity and diversity support for technicians at a creative arts university

This study focuses on one project-strand developed as part of a university-wide ‘Inclusivity Project’, a strategic plan looking at how changes to the Disability Student Allowance would affect learning, teaching and the student experience.  This project-strand was conducted during the academic year of 2017-18 at a creative arts university campus, with a total of four …